Melton heavyweight boxer Paul Butlin reckons he needs to get angry if he’s going to carry on fighting.
The Midlands Area heavyweight champion is matched with Dean O’Loughlin in Grantham on Saturday, March 7 and he admits it’s a crucial fight.
Butlin said: “I need to impress or I will have to think about quitting.
“I won’t carry on if I keep boxing the way I have been and this fight should tell me how much I have left. That’s what I need to know.
“O’Loughlin is coming to fight, not just to grab and survive, and this is the sort of fight I need.
“I have been looking good in the gym, then not performing on the night and I can’t carry on like that.”
Last May, Butlin claimed the vacant Midlands title with victory over ex-British champion Shane McPhilbin, but he followed that with a disappointing four-round draw with James Oliphant.
That result has Butlin contemplating his future, but the 38-year-old says he know what needs to change.
“I think I had got a bit soft and I need to be angry again,” he said.
“I was told by my old trainers that I shouldn’t be so nasty and aggressive, that I should relax. But that doesn’t work for me.
“I fight better when I’ve got the hump. I boxed OK against Moses Matovu (a points win a couple of years ago) when I had the hump with him.
“I need to go out there, tell my opponent ‘let’s have it!’ and put it on him.”
O’Loughlin, whose record shows five wins in eight fights, is back in the ring after a four-and-half year break.
He quit rugby league and turned professional eight years ago after winning a ‘Search for a Heavyweight’ competition launched by Leicester manager Johnny Griffin.
O’Loughlin was picked out from more than 300 hopefuls and was showing promise before he quit the sport.
Butlin added: “He’s a big lad, bigger than me, and I’m going to have to take it to him and see what he’s got.”
The show in Grantham features four title fights and tickets are available from 07539 823171.